Sunday, June 18, 2017


This was probably 1964. Dad was 40 years old.
 I really don't remember doing much on Father's Day back then, maybe it wasn't celebrated as much as it is today. However, our dad was a good father and a wonderful husband and provider for his large family. Love you, Dad and miss you every day.

Every summer dad took us all to the family cottage on Portage Lake in Onekama, Michigan.
There we swam and played tennis and explored all day. What wonderful memories we have all stored up. 
We all still go to the cottage and so do our children!

Dad's passion was sailing. He had enjoyed sailing ever since he was a young boy with his brother, Bob. 
The other day I had hung the bed sheets out on the clothesline. It was windy and as I sat in the living room listening to the flapping of the sheets in the wind, it reminded my of our many sailing trips and races.
 We used to have a sailing club out of Burnham Harbor in Chicago that raced on Wednesday nights. I often crewed for dad as I was the middle weight crew and the younger children were really too light for the swells of Lake Michigan. My older brother was saved for the really windy days!

We raced a Snipe.
 A great sailboat, but felt very small on Lake Michigan! 
To tell the truth I was always afraid out there. 
The crew had many jobs to do. If we were sailing with the wind behind us then I would be told to "put the Whisker Pole out--NOW". To accomplish that, one had to stand on the bow of the boat and thrust the pole into the grommet in the jib sail and then secure  the other end of the pole in the right place on the mast!

If we were in a lull then the centerboard would need to be lifted up so there was not as much drag in the water. Dad was competitive and winning meant a lot to him. As you can imagine it could get TENSE out there!

Hiking out was the worst thing ever! 
This really is how we would often end up as we tried to keep the boat speeding along to the finish!
Try doing this in a bathing suit. Must say I had good abs in those days!

I wish that I could have some of those days back and to realize how much dad wanted to bond with his children doing something he loved. I was just a young teenager and didn't realize this. 
One thing I learned through sailing was that you can conquer your fears and rise to the task at hand!
Thank you, Dad for all you taught me through all your 92 years!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June 6, 2017. Our 48th Wedding Anniversary

Doug and I met at Northern Illinois University in 1968. We were in the same philosophy class. He thought I was a real free spirit because I didn't shave my legs and I thought he was nice and intelligent, but a bit too short! 
June 6, 1969 
No one really thought we were the right match for one another. However, our parents knew we really did want to marry so they acquiesced and we set a date. Now it has been 48 years, six children and 14 grandchildren with number 15 almost here!

 We have lived a very full life.
The first years we bought 40 acres in Arkansas for $500 and tried our hand at living off the land!
Milk goats, cats, a garden, a German Shepherd dog and a vw bus. 

We had lots of fun and Doug did learn the masonry trade so that he could have his own business. Our first sons were born in Arkansas!
Then our daughter, Lena was born in Missouri where we lived for a number of years. In 1980 after another son was born our country was facing a hard recession. It was at this time that we decided to return to Illinois where there would be work. We sold our beautiful home and packed everything up and off to the Chicago suburbs we went.  
 Mom and dad made it to their 68th anniversary.  Don't know if we will make their record. We would have another 20 years to go. Doug has had some health issues with his heart and diabetes, but we are trusting the Lord to see what He has for us.

 There is no other place I'd like to live than here in Michigan. Every day has a beauty of its own and I am very content. My life has been full and happy. God has been so good to me and to our family.
Some days I wish the children lived close by so that we could be involved in their lives more, but right now we don't have that choice. I guess that is why older people talk about having their memories. I still love to watch the clouds and dream. I may even get the hammock out and spend some quality time doing just that this summer!

Friday, May 12, 2017

My Robins

Every Spring  the robins have returned to a nest they built a few years ago in our ornamental cherry tree. As I sit at my desk and work I can watch the birds, as the tree is right outside my window. However, this spring the robins were nowhere to be found. Doug and I looked over the nest and as there was nothing in it, we decided it must be in too poor a condition for the robins to want to use it this year---so, we took it down.

Now, this morning, the robins are back! There is a pair circling the tree and looking up at it from the lawn. Well, Doug retrieved the old nest and placed it back in the crook of the tree. This should be interesting to watch. I hope mother robin decides to build the nest up and have her little nestlings in the tree outside my window!

Friday, April 28, 2017

An enjoyable week in Illinois

 Nat and Christy will be moving from the Taylor Ave. house in a few weeks. They have been there for 17 years. They need a larger house now as George is 12 and Henry is nearly 10. The house holds many happy memories and will be missed.

 We were able to go to a baseball game of Henry's. He is a natural and loves the sport. George plays Rugby and we watched a game of his, too. 
Pippin, their cat, is getting old now. She is 14 and was not feeling well while we were there. 

On Monday Lena and I took the boys to the arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.

 We had a great time at the Morton Arboretum.        
It was hot and the trees were all in bloom.   

EZRA                                                                        SAMMY AND BENJI